Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

A: Bright golden yellow-orange body. Slightly hazy. Thick fluffy white cap with good retention and light, spotty lacing.

S: Bursting with aroma. From the second the cork was popped the semi-sweet tartness of the beer wafted from the bottle. Bright lemon-orange citrus notes. Earthy, almost farmhouse funk from the brett.

T: Delicious. Semi-sweet lemon-orange notes up front. Puckering sour and tart funk in the middle and a nice clean slight bitterness in the end. Slight oak character that complements the brett nicely. Some pepper and coriander in the background.

M: The sour and tartness lends a great deal to the flavor, but I didn't find my self puckering after each sip.. Lightly effervescent and refreshing.

D: A wonderful compliment to my dinner. I think this might be my favorite non-Pliny Russian River brew.

Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - golden pale and clear and then i poured the bottom of the beer and it got cloudy like no ones business, opaque even

smell - a bit of ham, sour cherries, a bit of brett but nothing strong or offending

taste - im not crazy about wild ales that are too intense so this was really nice for me, dark cherries and some brett, minor sour

mouthfeel - smooth for a sour, love it, great carbonation like most of their beers

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2012) into a tulip.

A-This brew produces a healthy, three-finger head of shiny, soapy, off-white foam. The head hangs around for quite a while, which isn't surprising since carbonation is very visible in the beer. The brew is yellowish, gold in color and a touch murky.

S-The smell is a big dose of funk. There is a lot of brett here giving off that earthy, musty note that plays quite well against the slightly tart lemon, mandarin orange, and straw characters of the beer. The smell is complex and pleasing; I keep sticking my nose in to get another whiff.

T-The taste is also quite heavy on the brett. I taste a lactic, earthy tartness that combines nicely with lemon, mandarin orange, straw, candy sugar, and a touch of oaky vinegar. Again, pleasing and drinkable. The sour factor is low to medium, and fits well with rest of the brew.

M-The brew starts out with a wave of noticeable carbonation and finishes on the slick side. The heft is moderate and pairs nicely with the flavors.

O-This is another great Russian River wild/sour ale. Brewers can sometimes overplay their hand when it comes to brett beers, but this one manages to keep the smell and flavors that brett imparts without making brett the only thing going on. I'm not sure if this was the right beer to drink on a snowy March evening, but I will certainly search this out again in warmer seasons.

Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leftoverburrito
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw. Head is bright-white. Thin cap at edges. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Brett funk. Hay and horse blanket. Citric, lemon flesh. Some zest and fruity sweetness. Some tropical aromas in the back, but it's a nice brett profile. Lots of depth. Slight funk layered over a solid tart note. Nice depth.

Taste: Mildly tart with a solid brett profile (duh). Funky with a nice compliment of grass, hay, and a touch of musty basement. Oak adds a nice woodiness that helps mute some of the citric tartness and some of the funkier brett flavors. A nice balance between tart, sour, and earthy funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp slightly dry, and bubbly. Carbonation is lively and keep things interesting. Dryness on the sip keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: Russian River gets this whole sour/wild ale thing. Lots of depth without any overbearing flavor profiles. Easy to drink and sip at the same time.

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Drucifer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle into tulip.

A: slight haze on a bright blonde body. carb is ripping to the surface. head is bright white. made up of big bubbles. great retention, spotted lacing.

S: gentle. a little bit of chamomile. toasted, vanilla oak notes. smells dry.

T: starts a bit tart. lemon drops. a barny flavor is in there, but not that strong. finish is actually a bit grainy and then dries out almost completely except for a lemon rind flavor. mostly dry.

M: almost effervescent. light/medium body.

D: not overly complex, but still highly drinkable. the tartness is pretty mellow and this is definitely more on the barnyard side of Brett. a good beginner brew for people looking to get into sours.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft last week at Russian River Brewing Co. listed on their board as "100% Brettanomyces, 6.25%ABV" for $4 -poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean straw-like hue, with a constant light effervescence, and basically no head and not much lacing either.

S: Very mellow woodiness and light Brett funk, green apples and grain.

T: Very mellow and similar to the nose, light funk, mild sourness with a grainy/bready finish. This is an extremely friendly Wild Ale and would be a good starting point for someone who wants to get into these types of wild/sour ales.

M: Light-bodied and similar feel to a dry champagne - smooth, crisp and clean, mellow carbonation and a bit of lactic bitterness that lingers a while, but is not overaggressive by any means.

D: All day drinker, especially in the hot summer months.

Photo of Beejay
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005

A: A hazy yellow pear color, the head is a nice white color. Looks good!

S: Strong acidic aroma, vinegar is pretty strong in there as well. There is almost a light citrus thing going on that is nice.

T: A tart punch hits right away, after the sour fades, there is a slight touch of some funkiness, the finish has a very nice floral note with hints of lemon. Very nice.

M: Light on the tongue, tons of carbonation which is mostly comprised of small bubbles.

O: Overall quite lovely, not so burn you tongue sour that you can't taste the base beer. There is something so simple, so brilliant about this. It is a quite complex beer, but seems to be so without really trying.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of mikereaser
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a short layer of white foam that quickly faded.

S - Nice light citrus aroma with a bit of an earthy undertone.

T - starts with a nice tart fruit taste up front then a more mild citrus taste reminds me of peach, lemon and grapefruit. There is a nice earthiness to the base of this beer and the slight tart sweetness comes out and makes this very enjoyable.

M - Light bodied with a nice carbonation.

D - The sweet tartness along with a nice dry finish helps to bring me back to this one again and again. Dare I say a summer beer? Too expensive for that but hey, on special occasions, like when I actually mow my lawn.


Photo of AdamP
4.2/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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